Artitechture: Matthew Simmonds
British sculptor Matthew Simmonds, an art-historian-turned-stone-carver, has created a lovely series of miniature temples. These little architectural treasures are carved out of raw marble blocks, creating mini spaces of medieval and ancient interiors. Classical Greek and Roman architectural columns frame porch corners of ancient ruins – inviting the viewer in, to linger in their peaceful luster and texture. In the past, Matthew participated in the restoration of Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral – and in Italy, he specialized in the carving of fine classical sculpture.
‘Simmonds makes a play of architecture and ornamentation on a small scale, but the spaces created give the same feeling as in the buildings themselves; a place to rest, a place to travel with the eye and maybe find a moment of tranquillity. The marble is opened up, and inside is a space within a building that only exists in the viewer’s mind. What you sense is the significance of space…. a different perspective on space. They look different from every viewpoint. You long to be in them, and they seem almost more meaningful for that.’ - Merete Prydes Helle
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